I was friends with this person, but we drifted apart after he moved to another country to be near his relatives. We haven't communicated in a few years, but we're still buddies on a social networking site.
There have recently been disastrous events near his city. I'd like to let him know that I hope he and his loved ones are doing okay, via the social networking site. But I'm worried that if his loved ones have been hurt, my message could be very distressing.
Any ideas on how I could phrase this? Would it be better to say nothing? Should I just wait for him to post something about this, and then respond to what he says? (The problem with that is, he usually posts in a language I don't know at all.)
e: He's totally fluent in English as a second language. But it's not his first language, and he was raised in a culture somewhat different from that of the US. So a message that depends on subtle nuances probably isn't the best approach.